So, one of my goals to eat healthier and get back into a more consistent/routine practice had to do with cooking. Now, more than ever I have a great opportunity to utilize a working kitchen, using a lot more of the ingredients I love. As well, I am trying to use methods to create the cost-effective and health conscious meals for myself and others. If you struggle with feeding yourself and others with limited time and budget this post is for you. Even if you don’t, this is a great easy break for you experienced-love-to-cook chefs ;)
I wanted to make enough food in one day to last almost three. From one meal of rice and beans, I used the left over rice to make an easy and quick fried rice recipe.
What makes this recipe cost-effective are the use of frozen vegetables and cabinet spices. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I slip on keeping up with planned meals and end up having VERY old wilted vegetables. Also, it’s a great way to get a variety without buying a crazy amount. Cabinet spices definitely helped when you forget the fresh basics, such as garlic and ginger, but still makes for a great taste.
I saved time having the rice cooked. After that, you just cook the egg!
Disclaimer: I don’t tend to measure ingredients when cooking. I use the old taste and tell method of measurement, so most of these are estimations. Feel free to change to your liking!
Quick and Easy Fried Rice
- Half pot of already cooked rice (white or brown)
- 2 packages frozen stir-fry vegetables
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup canola or sesame seed oil
- 1/4 cup kimchi juice or rice vinegar
- 1/3 cup tamari soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp ginger
- 2 tsp garlic
- 4 scallions chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
Heat up your rice and defrost the vegetables in 2 different pots. As they heat up you can create your sauce. I used canola oil, kimchi juice from the jar, tamari, and spices. Set aside.
Combine the vegetable and rice once warm. Scramble the two eggs and add to the pot. Mix together and then combine with sauce. Add the scallions in, plus more for garnish. Salt and pepper to taste!
I served mine with a little hot sauce and a dijon Mahi Mahi. I only defrost the fish and then smothered it with dijon mustard and leftover sauce! Right into the oven it went!
I hope you enjoy!